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Service No.1 (Sarkhari Khukuri)

Service No.1 (Sarkhari Khukuri)

the most famous service kukri knife because its a modern day standard issue with very close ties with British Gurkhas militarily and emotionally - the bond between the two is extraordinary and commendable..

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USD 70.00

USD 38.28

Delivery: Estimated between May 16, 2024 and May 26, 2024

Item Location: Nepal

Return: 14 days return policy.

Default Specification

  • Blade Size (in): 10.5
  • Handle Size (in): 5.5
  • Handle Material: Horn
  • Blank price (USD): 145.00
  • Blank weight (gm): 600
  • Actual Weight (gm): 550
  • Overall weight (gm): 750
  • Shipping weight (gm): 1050
  • Blade finishing: Polished
  • Blade sharpness: Standard (very sharp)
  • Blade material: 5160
  • Place of Origin: Dharan, Eastern Nepal
  • Accompanying knives/B-up: Karda Chakmak
  • Blade thickness (mm): 9
  • Handle finishing: Polish
  • Sheath: Black Leather
  • Tang type: Stick
  • Fixture: Brass
  • Edge grinding: Semi convex
  • Edge Hardness: 55-57 hrc
  • Blade (panel) Grinding: Full Flat
  • Function: Decoration, Gift, Domestic use, Military, Fighting, Combat, Collection, Regular Work
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BSI Service No.1 Kukri (standard issue khukuri)

sarkhari service kukri-knifeIt is one of the two late standard issues of British Gurkha kukris (“Service Ceremonial” being the other one) that came in production from mid 1980’s. It is actually the better version/format of the standard service issue, “GI5”, that was initiated by Til Bahadur Bishwakarma (TB BK) after he retired which he did to better the quality and standard of the service issue kukri given to the British Gurkhas then. It is closely associated to the Gurkhas and a favored version by British Gurkha because of its better look and features compared to its older counterpart. The shiny aspect, better finishing, better shape and smarter look of the new service khukuri perfectly blended with the tidiness and image of the Gurkhas. It thus soon came into limelight and well preferred whose legacy still continues to date. It is also the most famous and common kukri in the local khukuri market sold almost everywhere by everybody.
 
"Service No.1" service or British Standard Issue (BSI) kukri is identical to GI5 except for its well polished blade and handle and its shape that is slightly modified, in fact bettered. With GI5 soldiers had to literally polish the blade with whatever local resources available and thus had to put a lot of time and effort to achieve the objective or the army’s high standard. But with the new British Service No.1 kukri, its already well polished format (inbuilt), not only saved time and energy but also brought tidiness and uniformity to the kukri and uniform as a whole. A standard service issue kukri starting from 1950’s onwards has always been a typical a parade knife so the need for a shiny and smart kukri knife was must for which now soldiers did not have to worry with the Service No.1 kukri. However the soldiers still had to work on the buffalo hide leather scabbard to make it shiny thus most replaced by patent leather from local workshops.
 
Late 1980’s witnessed huge production of Service No.1 kukri for military procurement. Even more production was seen in the local market to meet the ever increasing demand for a standard service issue “high quality” British Gurkha knife. TB BK’s noble action to shine the khukuri and to better the shape won the hearts of selectors and even of the users. The khukuri then instantly stormed the military and public demand whose copy (proto) is still being used today and production still continues in thousands.
 

British Gurkhas with Service kukris,1980's

From the formation of 1st Gurkha unit in 1814 to the Great Indian Mutiny in 1857 to the Great War in 1914-18 to 2nd world war in 1944-45 to Borneo Confrontation in 1962-66 to Falklands war in 1982 Gurkhas have been issued with various types of service kukris amongst which Service No.1 is probably the most famous because its a modern day standard issue with very close ties with legendary British Gurkhas militarily and emotionally.
 
Besides Service no.1’s military and historic significance and close association to the British Gurkhas, it is again a hardcore utility kukri knife that would not disappoint a hard user. Its perfect size and range, well balanced weight, smart finishing and effective feature make it an ideal knife to use for just about anything that requires cutting. It is also THE knife for collection and for a gift due to its inseparable bond with the Gurkhas. The bond between the two is extraordinary, momentous, commendable, unique, exemplarily and encouraging.
 
“Sarkhari” is a Nepalese term for Government.

Size of blade: 10.5 inch approx
Materials: Water buffalo leather scabbard, water buffalo horn handle, 2 x small knives
 
Gurkha soldier with his service kukri knifegurkha soldier in war cry action wih service khukuri



:: 'Primitive Gurkha Service Kukri' is also available. Under this method khukuri is made by pure skill, bare hands, and natural raw materials. To know more about this age-old making click Primitive Kukri Making; also u can order directly by clicking on the 'Primitive Version' button above::

 

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Judd Bond Verified Buyer

McCaulley, Texas

Date: 9th January, 2024

KHHI is the best!

I have always wanted a thick kukri because I bend mine working with them and KHHI made my dream a reality! It’s so beautiful over a 1/2 inch thick and this blade will last a lifetime! The craftsmanship is top notch and I couldn’t be more pleased and proud! The Kami with the mark M is so great he’s number 1! The customer service at KHHI with Usha and the whole team was so helpful! Answered every question and email that same day! The customer service at KHHI is the best I’ve ever received in my 38 years! Go with KHHI and you will be smiling all year! I’m a customer for life! God bless!


Gabby Rios Verified Buyer

California, USA

Date: 27th October, 2023

The Service No. 1: An Excellent First Knife

It took about 3 weeks for my order to arrive. The Service No. 1 was well packaged and oiled. I opened the box with latex gloves. Upon inspecting it, I noticed a noticed a number of minor imperfections. That made me very happy because I knew that it was made by a craftsman and not an automated machine like so many things are in the USA. It was obvious that my khukuri was made as it would be made for anyone, for example like a Nepalese buying it at a local market. In other words, it was not made for a tourist. The Kami that made my khukuri is "R." I want to give a big thank you to him and KHHI for producing such a fine knife. *I just want to add that while browsing on YouTube I noticed a number of posts from reviewers that are obviously sent from fellow Nepalese khukuri competitors to make negative inferences about KHHI. Obviously, it's being done because they are not able to compete with KHHI. Why is that? Maybe it has to do with the fact that KHHI does everything possible to ensure that their customers are satisfied and informed by producing a detailed online catalog and contacting us on various stages of our orders.


Doug Parkhurst Verified Buyer

New London, Connecticut, USA

Date: 10th May, 2023

Commands respect and gratitude

The Service No. 1 (with added button frog) is my fourth kukri from KHHI. Every one of your blades that I own is a marvel. This knife is clearly crafted with the pride and care befitting a supplier to BBG. Fit, finish, balance, and edge are all superb. The scabbard and accessories are every bit as exquisite as the mother blade. I am honoured to add a piece of Craftsman Bhakta Bahadur B.K.'s workmanship to my collection. Many thanks and namaste to him and all at KHHI.


Alan King Verified Buyer

Allambie Heights. NSW, Australia

Date: 5th September, 2021

Amazing craftsmanship

I bought my Sarkhari Khukuri as a Father’s Day present to me. For years I had a small “tourist” blade which I tossed when I was bequeathed a “genuine” handmade Khukri by my late Father. My new Sarkhari Khukuri is incredible. Not only is it beautiful but is sharp, strong, functional and superbly crafted. Thank you for the new King Clan family heirloom.


Kent Norman Verified Buyer

Edinburg Texas

Date: 13th July, 2021

The best

Just received my kukri today and it is beautifully done. I am honored to use this peace of art everyday. Thank you .


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